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New Wärtsilä digital management system provides real-time data on seal performance

Finnish energy technology manufacturer Wärtsilä has released the new REvolution digital management system that controls, monitors, records, and analyses the performance of seals autonomously in real time.

The system, incorporating machine learning, predictive modelling, and model predictive control, increases the predictability and reliability of sealing solutions in rotating equipment, such as pumps and turbines.

It provides with intelligent, real-time active management of the sealing interface fluid film, minimising wear and removing the sealing components from the maintenance schedule critical path. 

“We have increased our focus on the development of digital asset management and real-time performance optimisation solutions for seals to provide our customers with greater predictability and reliability,” said Harald Brodmann, Hydro and Industrial segment manager at Wärtsilä.

The REvolution system’s primary application is hydropower turbine shafts, but the system can also benefit industrial applications, including pumps and other large rotating equipment.

It also serves as a basis for future development, offering continuous data on product performance in a specific operating environment.

The system collects performance data, for example temperature, wear of the seal interface, and pressure, and enables real-time lifecycle prediction and intervention to reduce friction and wear of the seal.